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Where to go and what to do in the South Suburbs


Chicago Parent Staff


Alsip Park District

12521 S. Kostner Ave., Alsip

(708) 389-1003


Living Easter Basket 7-8:30 p.m., Feb. 27. Create an Easter centerpiece complete with live grasses and hand-decorated basket. Ages 8-12. Registration required. $17, $11 resident.

Big Run Wolf Ranch

14857 Farrell Road, Lockport

(815) 588-0044


Winter Family Day Open House 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 2. Celebrate Groundhog Day. All ages. $1.

The Children’s Museum
of Oak Lawn

9600 E. Shore Drive, Oak Lawn

(708) 423-6709


Teaching with Tales 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Wednesday in February. Groundhog Day crafts Feb. 1-2. Mardi Gras mask Feb. 6-9. Celebrate Chinese New Year by making Chinese lanterns Feb. 5-29. Check Web site for updates and for regular museum hours and admission. Events are recommended for kids 2-10.

Governors State University

Center for Performing Arts

1 University Pkwy., University Park

(708) 235-2222


Charlotte’s Web 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Feb. 9. Charlotte, Wilbur and all their friends come to life on stage. Visit Web site for ticket information.

Homewood Flossmoor
Park District

3301 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor

(708) 957-0300


Daddy-Daughter Date Night 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Feb. 1. Event includes an interactive DJ, refreshments, corsages and take-home keepsake. Ages 4-13. $23/pair, $15 resident pair. Grandparent & Grandchild Valentine Party 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Feb. 9. Work together stuffing and decorating a Valentine pillow and glass candy dish. Snacks and games included. Ages 3-11. $43.50/pair, $29/resident pair. Registration required for programs.

Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center

2453 Vollmer Road, Olympia Fields

(708) 481-2330


Snowshoe Demonstration noon-3 p.m., Feb. 23. Snowshoes, poles and instruction will be provided. All ages. Free.

Joliet Area Historical Museum

204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet

(815) 723-5201


Lunch with the Lincolns 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., Feb. 9. Join President and Mrs. Lincoln for lunch at the museum. Learn about the Lincolns and complete a craft. Kids 7 and older. Registration required. $8 kids, $5 adults.

Joliet Park District

Multi-Purpose Center

3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet

(815) 741-PARK (7275)


Science Fossils and Bones 9 a.m.-noon, Feb. 29. Kids 4-9 can learn more about dinosaurs as they become pint–sized paleontologists. Registration required.

Joliet Public Library

150 N. Ottawa, Joliet

(815) 740-2663


Imagineering 2 p.m., Feb. 2. Kids 5-9 can use their imaginations to design, create and improve selective products. Registration required. Magic Tree House 2 p.m., Feb. 16. Kids 7-11 can explore the Magic Tree House books and take imaginative trips of their own. Registration required.

Joliet Public Library

Black Road Branch

3395 Black Road, Joliet

(815) 740-2663


Imagineering 4:30 p.m., Feb. 26. Kids 5-9. Registration required.

Lake Katherine Nature
Center and Botanic Gardens

7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights

(708) 361-1873


Family Star Gazing 7 p.m., Feb. 16. Featuring guest astronomer Joseph Mayer. Includes outdoor viewing with telescopes. Registration required. $10/family, $2.50/person.

Moraine Valley
Community College

Dorothy Menker Theater

9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills

(708) 974-4300


"The Diary of Anne Frank" 11 a.m., Feb. 9. Visit Web site for ticket information.

Oak Forest Park District

15601 S. Central Ave., Oak Forest

(708) 687-7270


Valentine Dance 7:30-9:30 p.m., Feb. 9. Kids 10-14 can enjoy dancing, mingling and a dance contest with prizes. Concessions available. Bring a grade ID. Call for more information. $6.

Rialto Square Theater

102 N. Chicago St., Joliet

(815) 726-6600


Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance 8 p.m., Feb. 12. Check Web site for ticket information.

South Side Parents

P.O. Box 16431, Chicago

(312) 842-8936


Enrichment and Summer Camp Fair 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 26. Come to the fair and find out about the many different summer options available for your child. Location to be determined. Visit the Web site for updated information.

Tinley Park Park District

Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center

8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park

(708) 342-4200


Grandma & Me Valentine Party 6:30-7:45 p.m., Feb. 6. Kids ages 3-6 can enjoy decorating a Valentine pillow and glass candy dish. Refreshments included. $21/person, $14/person resident. Father/Daughter Valentine Dance 7-9 p.m., Feb. 8. Dads and daughters will enjoy cookies, punch and dancing. Games and gifts for all. Registration required. $20/person, $13/person resident.

Thorn Creek Nature Center

247 Monee Road, Park Forest

(708) 747-6320


Roots and Shoots 10 a.m.-noon, Feb. 2. Kids 5-10 can expand their woods lore, plan community projects and work for wildlife and the environment. Free. Chili Moon Night Hike 5-8 p.m., Feb. 22. Take a hike under the full moon and then enjoy a mug of chili in the nature center. All ages. $10.

Village of Orland Park

Centennial Park

15600 West (100th) Ave., Orland Park

(708) 403-PARK or (708) 645-PLAY


Winter Follies 6:30-8 p.m., Feb. 7. Enjoy skating and a Valentine’s Day project at the ice rink. Popcorn and hot apple cider provided. All ages. Free.


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